Improving the conservation status of species and habitats

A new LIFE publication is out!

EU Member States have recently completed the most comprehensive survey of EU biodiversity to date, reporting on the conservation status of more than 1182 species and 216 habitat types, as required under Article 17 of the Habitats Directive. This LIFE Focus publication shows how LIFE Nature is helping improve the conservation status of a range of species and habitats covered by the directive. The first half of the publication looks at a range of projects that have targeted mammals, birds, fish and lesser-known animal species, as well as plants. The second-half of the publication looks at the impact of the LIFE programme on a range of habitat types: forests, dunes,heathlands, wetlands, wet forests and grasslands.

Water for life - LIFE for water

A new LIFE publication is out!

Issues of water quantity and quality are of concern to many European citizens and transcend national boundaries. The contents of this LIFE Focus publication are drawn from the proceedings of the first LIFE Environment thematic conference, ‘Water for life - LIFE for water', which took place in Brussels in October 2009. The aim of the event was to examine the role of LIFE Environment as an instrument to support the implementation of the Water Framework Directive and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, alongside other EU water-related legislation and policy. In addition to this general aim, the conference included thematic sessions (with LIFE project case studies) on four specific topics of interest: water scarcity and climate change; hydromorphological alterations; implementation of marine strategy; and eutrophication. The highlights of a poster session are also included.

We are pleased to inform you that since 15 March 2010 the new Secretary General of Youth and Environment Europe is Adriána Harnúšková from Slovakia. She is taking on the responsibilities after Alberto Mogio Perez.

If you have any doubts or questions, you can always contact her on the following e-mail addresses: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To see the whole composition of YEE board and office you can check the section YEE board and office.

Towards a green and innovative economy

This month, the European Commission has launched the Europe 2020 Strategy to go out of the crisis and prepare EU economy for the next decade. The Commission's proposal on a new strategy follows a public consultation that attracted some 1 500 comments.

Europe faces major structural challenges - globalisation, climate change and an ageing population. The economic downturn has made these issues even more pressing. The Lisbon strategy addresses these challenges - aiming to stimulate growth and create more and better jobs, while making the economy greener and more innovative. Before the financial and economic crisis hit the EU, the strategy had helped create more than 18m new jobs. When the economy slumped, the EU acted to stabilise the financial system and adopted a recovery plan to boost demand and restore confidence.

The plan is delivering a major fiscal stimulus, with measures to keep people in work and public investment in infrastructure, innovation, new skills for the workforce, energy efficiency and clean technologies to meet the goals of the Lisbon strategy.

Green economy is one of the four key areas of the strategy, and it can help recovering from the economic crisis with the creation of new "greener" jobs.

If you need a break but you don't want it to be a waste of time, have a look at this video. It's funny, but also interesting. The guy in the video is not a comedian (although he may prove a witty one): his name is Dan Barber, he's an American chef and scholar. In 2009, Mr. Barber was named one of the world's most influential people in Time's annual "Time 100" list. This cooking expert has a philosophy of food of his own, about sustainable agriculture and tasty meals, which is definitely worth listening to.

In this talk, you will learn something about fish culture, its sustainability and the quality of these products. And you will not get bored, that's for sure. So, take your cup of coffee (or your dish of fish soup!), sit down, relax and enjoy the video!